Music for 400 films

With a career boasting original music scores for more than 400 films, Ennio Morricone is one of the most prolific composers for American and European cinema, an artist who has nearly always managed to combine quantity with quality. Tonight and tomorrow, the 77-year-old Italian goes on stage at the Herod Atticus Theater as a guest of this year’s Athens Festival. Born in Rome in 1928, Morricone began composing for the cinema during the 1960s and has, over the years, collaborated with numerous directors including Pier Paolo Pasolini, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Roman Polanski, Giuseppe Tornatore and Brian De Palma. One of his landmark collaborations was with Sergio Leone, in the latter’s so-called «spaghetti westerns.» At the Herod Atticus, Morricone will conduct the Sinfonietta di Roma Orchestra, joined by soprano Susanna Rigacci, pianist Gilda Butta, violinist Antonio Salvatore and viola player Fausto Anzelmo, as well as the Macedonia and the Athens Festival Choirs. Herod Atticus Theater, Dionysiou Areopagitou. Tickets are available at the Hellenic Festival box office, situated in the arcade at 39 Panepistimiou Street, tel 210.928.2900.

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